Laryngeal Cancer Treatment Options & Advanced Therapies

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Surgery

Before having surgery, your doctor will discuss the procedure with you in detail & discuss any possible side effects.

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If the tumor is small & localized, surgery will often successfully remove the tumor with few side effects. However, if the tumor is advanced and has spread to surrounding areas, surgery will be more extensive and may involve the removal of parts of your throat, mouth, jaw or voice box. In these cases, your ability to lớn speak, chew, swallow and breathe may be affected.

Reconstructive surgery can help restore your appearance và rehabilitate speech và swallowing function. Prosthetic devices in your mouth may replace removed portions of your teeth, gums & jaw. In more advanced cases, you may need lớn use tubes for feeding và breathing and an artificial voice aid for speaking.

You will also work with a speech-language pathologist to lớn assist you with problems related to speaking và swallowing. In addition, you may work with a dietitian who will help you develop a nutritional plan that includes healthy foods that are easy to swallow và chew.


Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy can be used for select small tumors as primary treatment. It is also administered following surgery or in combination with chemotherapy for advanced tumors.


Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is the use of drugs lớn kill cancer cells. Researchers are looking for effective drugs or drug combinations to lớn treat throat cancer. They are also exploring ways khổng lồ combine chemotherapy with other forms of cancer treatment to lớn help destroy the tumor và prevent the disease from spreading.

For advanced tumors, chemotherapy is often given in combination with radiation therapy, typically in the setting of a therapeutic clinical trial.


UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended lớn replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you lớn discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.


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